Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Champion Performance Recipe of the Week - Lemon Chia Protein Cookies!

Maybe it's a Spring thing, but I've been craving lemon cookies. Of course, traditional cookies are off the menu during competition diet, but... I made a GREAT competitor option! These cookies remind me of ones I had as a child, lemon poppy-seed cake cookies. They're just tart enough, the chia gives them just enough crunch, and they really hit the spot! It took me a few tweaks to get them just right, but now they're my new favorite snack!

Lemon Chia Protein Cookies
makes 12 cookies

INGREDIENTS
1 cup vanilla protein powder (I used Champion Performance Pure Whey Plus)
2/3 cup coconut flour
1/4 tsp sea-salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp chia seed
1/2 tsp pure almond extract
1 tsp pure lemon extract
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk, vanilla
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cup coconut oil (I melted the honey and oil together)
2 egg whites
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
Roll lemon against counter to soften interior.
Zest lemon, adding zest to bowl.
Juice lemon, adding juice to bowl.
Add honey, melted coconut oil, almond milk, almond extract and egg whites.
Mix well.
Using a tablespoon, spoon out dough and roll into balls.
Flatten slightly and place on cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Cool for 10 minutes.
Store in ziploc bag to retain moisture.

NUTRITION
per cookie: 134 calories, 8 grams protein, 12 grams carbs, 7 grams fat, 4 grams fiber, 6 grams sugars, 116 mg sodium. Net carbs: 8 grams.

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